I'm got about 50 hours in my relatively new SR22T G6 GTS. Haven't yet got my PPL, nor even solo'd. Hope to get the PPL in the next couple of months and log some serious (and Cirrus) time before the end of the summer.
I'm looking at taking the CPPP program in Spokane Sept 6-8. My wife is willing to take the Partner In Command program (which fits, since she is often "in command"). I'd like to get your thoughts on what I should expect, and how to choose sessions.
First, my CFI is not a CSIP, but has a great deal of knowledge about a lot of things (aerodynamics, weather, jet racing, training military jet fighter pilots, etc.) He's a great teacher too. He's focused me on fundamentals, and has successfully trained some of my friends in an SR22T as well. I'm thinking that going to the CPPP would be a very useful added perspective from CSIPs. And, of course, getting my wife more comfortable in the right seat is a Big Deal.
I'm hoping to have 100+ hours after my PPL by the time I get to Spokane. So that's where I'll be starting. Some questions ...
Should I select in-flight program in addition to the ground program? 1 or 2 flight sessions? Or just ground? If I spend 3 or 6 hours in the air, would I miss some important sessions? Given my relative newness, which sessions in the schedule (here) do you think would do me the most good?
For my wife, it seems the partner program really only takes place in the morning on Saturday. Or is the session described as "SIMS (Partners)" a 1.5 hour session with a simulator? Besides the partner sessions, what would be good choices for her (not to scare her or have things get too complex/over her head)?
Is there any place where I can find a more detailed description of the content of these sessions? So far as I can tell, the only description is the title.
It's odd, by the way ... searching for this particular CPPP event on this website doesn't (easily) locate the page I referenced below.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Your learning curve will be steep between now and September. But you will get a ton of valuable information from attending that CPPP and the Partner in Command course id liked by virtually everyone that takes it.
As far as taking just ground versus flying + ground; that depends on how much flying you get in between now and the end of the summer. It is true that when you do a flying segment you miss out on a ground segment so that is a compromise. The schedule and course for that weekend will not be out until later this year as some things are still in development. But you should plan to go with your wife.
Thanks, Brian. I'm committed to taking the course, and I'm sure it will be very valuable, regardless of what sessions I end up taking. I expect I can choose the sessions on site, but it's hard to decide now about the in-air training. I might do the 2 flight segments, and plan to take the CPPP again in 2020.
I do hope my wife gets a lot out of the program. I'll look forward to hearing more about the session content as time goes by.
By the way, Brian, your link to turssiflighttraining seems broken ...
See you in Spokane!
Spokane is a very nice event and we hope you and your wife will attend.
I would suggest you do ground plus 1 flight. Make sure that 1 flight is the Cirrus Standardized Landing Course with a Platinum CSIP.
See you in September!
I went to my first CPPP last summer and did 2 flights. It seemed like I missed some classes that I’d have liked to attend, but I also loved the flying and don’t regret my decision.
Theres a lot of information... and I don’t think there is a wrong way to do it. It was a great experience and I am planning to attend another one this year.
I hope your experience is as good as mine.
Thanks, all. Some good (and sometimes conflicting, no surprise!) advice here. I'm now enrolled in the Spokane CPPP event, as is my wife.
I decided to take the 2 flights, mostly because I'll still be a "newbie" and my current CFI is not a CSIP. I also figure that yes, I can go to another CPPP sometime, and also I can study some of the material I'll miss when in the air. My son-in-law is learning to fly with me (and he of course shares my plane), so I hope he'll be coning too, and when I'm flying he'll be in ground school and vice versa, so we can cover most of the material we'd miss.
I know I will be able to choose which sessions to attend either shortly before or at the event, and once I see an outline of what each session covers, I'll be able to make a better decision. I do hope that my wife will find appropriate sessions to attend that will make her even more comfortable to fly with me.
It does seem unfortunate that the partner session is limited to just half a day. It would be nice to have a session that taught patience (how to deal with weather delays) or on a more positive note, just a "soft session" on how flying can change and enhance your lifestyle (and not only by eliminating the need for RV trips!).
Clearly, the CPPP program is very well liked, by both pilots and partners. I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience.
Thanks again for the great info and support!
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